I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.
I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.
Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.
Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.
AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.
IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.
Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated — used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.
I am keeping my fingers crossed …
This might be sacrilegious to say so,
BUT he reminds me of Barry Richards!
I saw him for the first time today, opening for South Africa in the Test match against Bangladesh. Wow. He oozes class! Not even 23-years old.
A few years ago it was Quinton de Kock. He is now one of my FAVORITE cricketers. Now Aiden Markram.
As with Quinton de Kock, mark my word. Aiden Markram is going places.
P.S., I knew Barry Richards. Saw a LOT of him, playing for Hampshire between 1975 – 1979. I was a Hants. Cricket Club member during that time, and lucky enough to have Barry and Gordon Greenidge open for Hampshire.
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Wow. Wow. Wow.
I was amazed. Exceptional cricket. I was also wrong as to the outcome in each instance.
I was sure that New Zealand were at least 40 short of what they needed. But, I was wrong. As they did with India they pulled off a brilliant win. Impressive, cohesive team. They most likely will get to the final. Possibly even walk away as the Champs. Well done.
As for England, I am humbled. In awe. I was sure that they wouldn’t get within 60 runs of the target. Boy was I wrong. What a run chase. Who knew that current teams could chase such large totals.
Yet AGAIN South African CAPTAINCY was poor! Just do not understand what they are thinking. This time it was Faf du Plessis. He should have brought in Imran Tahir during the Power Play to TRY and stem the tide. He didn’t. He persevered with pace. You had to take pace off the ball. I think that is what cost them the match. Poor captaincy. Don’t get it. Very clever and talented bunch. Feel real bad for my favorites Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock (who I have raved about for 12 months). Great innings for nought. AB de Villiers, per his standards, played a poor innings. C’est la vie. That match alone could have cost them the Championship!
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Why Cricket Is Such A Beautiful Game: British Legend Botham Tears Up When South African Bavuma Scores Maiden Century.
I caught it, i.e., Beefy Botham, all dressed up, wiping tears from his eyes, when 25-year old, ‘little’ (he is 5′ 6″, if that) Temba Bavuma, in his 7th Test Match, scored his maiden Test century. It was quite the innings — even after the superlative Master Class 201 by (vastly recovered) South African captain Hashim Amla and three impressive knocks by AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis & Chris Morris (in his 1st Test). It brought tears to my eyes, though I wasn’t that familiar with Bavuma until this gusty, match-saving innings.
But to see Ian, the Godfather of British cricket, tearing up when a South African steals the Test away from England is what makes cricket SO SPECIAL, SO UNIQUE and SO BEAUTIFUL.
Thank YOU, Ian. I have always liked YOU, through thick and thin. This spontaneous gesture elevates your glorious status, as a GIANT among men, even further.
This was SPECIAL.
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I think he has among OTHER things an eyesight problem! In the First Day of the 4th Test against India, in Delhi, he dropped 3 slip catches. Amla dropping catches! I bet prior to that he probably hadn’t dropped three catches in a calendar year. Not right.
He is also getting out CHEAPLY. This used to be, just recently, the World’s #1 Batsman! Something is not right.
In the 3rd Test Match I noticed a MARKED bruise under his right eye. Did he get hit by a ball. That could have done some damage.
I like Amla. What is there not to like. Great cricketer and seems like an all-round nice guy.
BUT HE IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN.
His handling of Imran Tahir in the 3rd Test Match showed that — graphically. Not his fault. Being a cricket captain is not something you can be taught. You either have it in you or you don’t. Amla doesn’t. That is fine. Let him go back to being the World’s best opening bat.
He has made a LOT of bad decisions. Another is the omission of Quinton de Kock. Jesus wept. Quinton is class. The new openers. Quinton is better than all of them put together. Plus he is a better wicketkeeper than the one that is struggling like crazy.
And they have AB de Villiers, the ex-captain, in the team. This rotation of captains is silly. Yes, it is a very taxing job BUT if you are good at it, like AB was (and he is good at everything he does) let him have it for life.
So just a heads up. Mark my word. Remember this post.
No, with Hashim Amla, I don’t think there is any match fixing. WOW.
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Talk about an abundance of riches. The South African batting line is ‘crazy’ in not a GREAT way. Quinton de Kock, Amla, du Plessis, AB, Duminy (who has blossomed in the last 12 months), Behardien and Miller! What a nice problem to have.
Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers at #4 is a waste — and he knows that. Yes, of course, I know that he is wicket-keeping as well, BUT I think he is plenty fit. He should open with de Kock — who I think is THE most EXCITING young cricketer on the scene at the moment! I have seen a lot of him and there is a lot to like. Very pleasing on the eye.
AB coming in at #4 does NOT give him enough overs. That is the issue. AB #3 and du Plessis #4.